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Aug 14, 2009 2:00pm EDT
to arrive in montana for a town hall event, ready to challenge what he calls myths about his health care reform effort. white house officials tell me prospects are changing right now, but not in the way you think. i'll talk with white house health care czar about that, about president obama's deal with companies and the strategy after the august recess. >>> have the town hall gathering forced them to back away from the death panels? are republicans like sarah palin winning or losing? and does the president still have the communications mojo to make this work. i'll talk with paul krugman. >>> good day. i'm john harwood of cnbc and "the new york times." this is "the new york times special edition." on the front page this hour, president obama expected to arrive any moment in montana. at the end of this hour, he'll be holding his second town hall meeting on health care this week. you can see it here on msnbc. he'll hold another one tomorrow in colorado. he's trying once again to sell his plan to the people concerned about big government and price tags. no better place for that than big sky
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 4:00pm EDT
and so, i went on -- >> montana. >> and so i went searching for replacement coverage for the employees that had been laid off, only to find out that cobra doesn't apply to me because i have less than 20 employees. and that conservatively affects 80% of all workers in montana. so, they were pretty much out on their own. and i was wondering if what we can do to eliminate discrimination against small employers, as an example, we're a lumberyard, we're out there lifting boards and packing stuff all day long. every one of my remaining seven employees are fit. so, why are we and i as an employer able to provide a lesser level of benefits to my employees and yet an employer with 30 employees who sit in cubicles on their butts instead of working them off gets a better rate? >> that was a pretty good question. so, for all of you who are all sitting on your -- what did you call them? no. as i said, small businesses is probably as vulnerable as anybody. and one of the things that max has been working very hard on -- and this just doesn't get advertised, but i want to make sure e
FOX News
Aug 14, 2009 1:00pm EDT
to turn to the president now. he is on his way to montana for another health care town hall. why montana? is there an expectation for a lively debate at this town hall? >> montana is a historical red state. there might be a bit more of an opportunity for controversy. on tuesday in portsmouth, new hampshire, he solicited more skeptical questions. we will see if that plays out. montana is also the home of max baucus. that committee will be the center of gravity. when congress comes back in the middle of september, the white house has set this deadline for the committee. if it does not, the white house has indicated, it might proceed strictly on its own without the -- without republicans on board. max baucus is a central figure in this legislative drama. rick: we want to hear from you if you have received an unsolicited email from the white house. tell us about it. for moron this, we have a couple of great guests. we're also joined by an editor for "the national review." everybody hates chain letters. >> particularly, if they are coming from the white house. rick: what do you make all of th
CSPAN
Aug 14, 2009 11:00pm EDT
at a health care town hall meeting in montana, followed by a conversation with howard dean on health care. >> three days of peace, love, and music. 40 years ago, a half-million people gathered for woodstock. saturday, the co-founder takes us behind the scenes at 9:00 p.m. eastern. radio talk-show executive brian jennings on the new fairness doctrine, why is a bad idea, and alternatives to censure sai -- century ship. >> now a convention of on-line activists that organizers called the rightonline conference. it is a two-day gathering to counter the netroots nation gathering also this week. this is about an hour. >> in 1824, thomas jefferson surmised that the country had more machinery than was necessary. with nearly five trillion dollars in debt, massive government and titles, and the budget deficit approaching $2 trillion, his words have never been more true. americans for prosperity foundation plays a crucial role in reversing this government tide. together, informed americans can stop government takeovers. together, informed americans can stand for common sense. together, informed ameri
FOX News
Aug 14, 2009 7:00pm EDT
takes his health care message to montana. remember, there was little drama during his last health care town hall. this time, he is in historical republican territory and people might have hard questions. >> why is it that you change your strategy? >> how can we be assured? >> what would happen? >> you cannot tell us how you will pay for it. shepard: how well did the president do at convincing critics? the president did hear from a least a couple of as critics today. he took questions for half an hour in montana, don't you know? the crowd was expected to be tougher than the last town hall in new hampshire. montana has gone republican in nine of the last 10 presidential elections. that area is a bit more purple and the questions were not very hard-hitting until one man identified himself as a proud member of the national rifle association. he wanted to know how we are going to cover the cost of all of this. >> you cannot tell us how you will pay for this. you are saving here, over there, take a little money here, but you have no money. the only way you will get the money is to raise taxe
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 6:00am EDT
in a second. we understand this town hall meeting in montana today for president obama could be a little more rowdy, as you put it on politico than the new hampshire one. why? >> willie, when "morning joe" talks, the white house perks up, if we can continue our talk analogies here. >> sure. >> what did joe, what did chuck todd, what did pat buchanan say yesterday? they said the president would have been better off at that town hall this week if the president had answereded critics, had taken tough questions. it's not like president obama would be thrown off his script by some dude standing up in a town hall. so for this afternoon's montana edition, the white house gave out their tickets a little differently. instead of giving the tickets to supporters or more care-free controlled, they went to two town halls in montana and gave them out on a first served -- first curve -- that will ultimately be the question. first come first served basis so it may be a little more tougher questioning this time for colorado. in a day or two the president will go back to the white house method of ticketing. 1,
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 10:00pm EDT
for today's town hall in belgrade, montana. it will be important to see montanans come out in force to say no to government health care. a member of patients first told the associated press yesterday. some 1,300 people got inside after first come first serve ticket giveout at two city halls. one of those people a welder named randy rathi had driven almost all the way across montana to get tickets so he could confront president. here is what happened when a real working joe from a state that represents the real america expressed his real concerns about real health care reform to his president. >> my name is randy rathie. i'm from ekolaka, montana and as you can see, aim a proud nra member. [ cheering ] >> i believe in our constitution. >> yeah. >> and it's a very important thing. i also get my news from the cable networks because i don't like the spin that comes from them other places. >> oh, you got to be careful about them cable networks, though. but that's okay. go ahead. go ahead with your question. >> max bachus our senator has been locked up in a dark room there for months now trying
CSPAN
Aug 14, 2009 6:30pm EDT
know, a lot of people talk about max bachus. max bachus pays attention to what people say in montana. he does. there's been single payors in his state. and this republican force is going to die. when grassley said the other day he pretty much admitted this was a farce, chairman baucus knows he has to get a bill out of this committee and if he only has democrats to work with, guess what the majority democrats on his committee favor a political option. if he's going to get a bill out of this committee with zero republican boats it's going to have to have a public option in the senate finance bill; otherwise, there isn't going to be a bill, right? and he knows there has to be a bill. so it matters what you say. it's one of the reasons i've been very careful not to criticize individual senators. i don't mind talking about their views because at the end, i think we're going to get almost every democratic senator. almost every one because there's not going to be any republicans. they're not going to be interested in forming the bill and, therefore, the democratic caucus is going to have a
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 6:37pm EDT
for that reason, too. >>> the president's going to go on the road tomorrow, a town hall meeting in montana, max bachus's backyard. if there was ever a time to call out a colleague and not giving the president what he wants, it would be max backus. what's the mission here? >> the mitts is none too subtle. carol lee tomorrow on politico is reporting that the tickets will be given out for the president's town hall on health care in a little different way, first come, first served, which means there could be more dissent and a little more excitement. people have said the president is good at asking questions, he should go ahead and take the tough questions, nobody is going to rattle him, and he doesn't get tagged with the suggestion he does, that the questions were too easy, because the people were screaming, so maybe a little excitement tomorrow night in montana. >> thanks, mike. mike allen from politico tonight with us on "the ed show." >>> what is your church doing about health care? anything? i'm calling on the leadership of the christian community to explain to me where they stand, and when it
MSNBC
Aug 16, 2009 7:00am EDT
slipping, president obama hit the road again this time in belgrade, montana. the crowd was much friendlier than those rowdy town halls we have seen, but the president finally did get a couple of questions that were not complete softballs. chuck todd joins us in a moment from montana. plus, you know those end of life counsel prognosis visions in the health care bills which republicans, like sarah palin, have distorted into death panels? it turns out republicans were actually for end of life counseling before they were against it. that's just one of the inconsistencies we'll discuss with republican john culbertsoc. >> and how far has he fallen? there is a report that john edwards is about to finally admit he is the father of his mistress's child? where would he be if edwards had not been so wisely dejected by wise democratic voters last year. >> and bill clinton has some tough words on the networks crowd on don't ask don't tell. >> and what does it mean to be palinized? ask one who says it could easily happen to her. the definition coming up on the hardball side show. >>> first president oba
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 5:00pm EDT
for health care reform slipping, president obama hit the road again. this time in belgrade, montana. the crowd was much friendlier than those rowdy town halls we've seen from members of congress, but the president finally did get a couple of questions that were not complete softballs. chuck todd joins us in a moment from montana. >>> plus, you know those end of life counseling provisions in the health care bills which republicans like sarah palin have distorted into death panels? well, it turns out that republicans like sarah palin were actually for end of life counseling before they were against it. that's just one of the inconsistencies we'll discuss with an opponent of reform, republican congressman john culberson of texas joining us in a moment. >>> also, how far has he fallen? 24r is a report that john edwards is about to finally admit that he is, indeed, the father of his mistress' child. so where would we be if edwards had not been so decisively rejected by wise democratic primary voters last year? >>> plus, bill clinton has some tough words for the netroots crowd on don't as
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 10:00pm EDT
a town hall in montana, taking the first family to nearby yellowstone park. mr. obama came because when it comes to passing reform the road truly runs through montana. raw politics from ed henry. >> reporter: montana is a nice place to visit this time of year, but the president had more on his mind than fly-fishing. he came for urgent business, buttering up the state senior center max bachus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all the man who is working tirelessly to make sure the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max bachus a round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledged the fight reached a critical stage because the opposition reached some steam, capitalizing on anger at congressional town hall meetings. >> where does this state that government has the powers to take over health care. >> reporter: by comparison the president's town hall was tame. he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that is all
ABC
Aug 14, 2009 3:05am EDT
. thunderstorms also from washington to north dakota and from montana down to new mexico and arizona. dry for much of the west coast and northeast. >> a mild 79 in boston, 84 in new york and baltimore. 86 in chicago, 87 in detroit and 90s in minneapolis, fargo and omeprazole. seattle only up to 67, boise 75. 94 in salt lake city and 103 in phoenix. >> when you think of speed dating, images of 20 and 30 somethings now come to mind but some senior citizens are getting into the action. >> 80 and 90 somethings came together to meet for blind dates. they were told to prepare some questions ahead of time and they did. >> yes, have i some. i was told i musn't say "do you snore?" >> the event was organized by the not so lonely hearts club. they plan to hold another one next month. >> good idea. >> never too old to find love, right? >> no, you're not. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ get around, round, round, i get around ♪ long summer days and not enough sleep. what i wouldn't do fr a do-over. (announcer) ne neutrogena total skin renewal. gentle exfoliating puffs and micro-vibrati
FOX News
Aug 14, 2009 6:00am EDT
a town hall meeting in montana. may be rowdier than the crowd in new hampshire earlier this week. usually they told signups on a web site. but tickets are being handed out on a first come first come basis. town halls have been heating up as you know all around the country this month. we will keep you potioned on what happens there secretary of state hillary clinton is wrapping up her trip to africa. this morning right now she is in cape verde day preparing to talk with nevez. she met with lie brotherrian leaders and spoke about democracy. >> there are no image wandz or i would have brought one for every one of you there are no quick fixes for countries making the transition from violent conflict to lasting peace and stability. alisyn: clinton toured seven african nation to bolster economic ties. brian: michael vick will try to resurrect his career with the eagles. he signed an option for a second year. the deal worth about $7 million. vick is backed in the league less than a month after being conditionally reinstated. following his prison term on dogfighting charges. so what do football f
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 6:00am EDT
-election at all. his polls are way down out in montana and this is a somewhat embattled figure within washington. this is someone that a lot of democrats just don't trust. a lot of republicans don't trust and -- >> why don't they trust him? why don't they trust him? is it because he doesn't -- i mean, does he go back on his word or is he just a guy who doesn't play sides? >> i think he's a guy -- i think probably more the latter. i think, you know, he was for the bush tax cuts in 2001. he had to deal with chuck grassley last year and then he sort of turned around and supported the democrats on a key medicare bill last summer. he does sort of play both sides of the fence which i guess is smart if you want to get re-elected every six years in montana but, again, he seemed shell-shocked by the whole situation now. i saw him in a town hall meeting. he was actually surrounded by youtubes as he called him, which i think he meant cameras. no, it's true. there are even people with youtubes in the audience and i was like, whoa. he said i think i meant cameras but, anyway, i put it in my story. it went vi
ABC
Aug 14, 2009 3:05am EDT
obama is in full campaign mode, off to montana for another town hall meetin >> the white house and its allies are fighting for control of the health care debate which they say has been swamped by misinformation and fear. t.j. winick reports from washington. >> reporter: facing a barrage of publicity against health care reform, the white house and its partners are pushing back. >> what does health insurance reform mean for you? >> reporter: a new coalition funded largely by the pharmaceutical industry launched $12 million in television ads in support of the president's plan. >> it means lower costs, a cap on out of pocket expenses, tough new rules to cut waste and red tape and a fus on preventing illness before it strikes. >> reporter: also the white house sent out its own viral e-mail and video tom combat opponents the administration is even having to fight misinformation by one of its republican partners. >> we should not have a government that determines you're going to pull the plug on grandma. >> reporter: senator grassley was referring to a proposal about talking to a doctor e
CNN
Aug 12, 2009 1:00pm EDT
specter again, montana, and nebraska, also hagerstown, maryland, and that's where senator ben cardin hosts a meeting this hour. we're keeping a close eye on this one. cardin actually got booed and jeered monday at his town hall in towson. and in new jersey, congressman steve rosman hosting that one. and there's a bunch of town halls in iowa. >>> republican senator chuck grassley is hosting four of them today. the second one is wrapping up this hour. the president praised grassley yesterday as a republican that is honestly coming up with a health care reform both parties can live with. he's one of the group of six senators from both parties heavily involved in the negotiations. this event earlier in winterset was pretty civil, but the crowd of 3000-plus wasn't giving the senators any softballs either, take a listen. >> like i said, i'm a dumb, southern iowa red neck, and i see nowhere in the constitution where health care is a right. >> we would have a bill through the united states senate. probably not one i would have voted for, but -- so if anybody is criticizing me for negotiating, you'
FOX News
Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
. >> what else is he doing in montana? >> i hope that he will be enjoying the big sky country. i do not have any announcements on that today. at least i can lean on that side of it. >> i want to follow-up on what truck was asking. he is the top senator on the senate finance committee. the president wants a bipartisan bill. senator grassley said no public option. yesterday, he had a chance to clarify the death panel thing and he said that people have the right to be afraid of it. can you still count seriously chuck grassley as an ally in getting the health care bill passed? >> i think there's still the possibility of getting bipartisan agreement through the finance committee in order to make progress on a piece of legislation that can pass the senate. they're obviously the three republican senators who are involved in this. we hope to quell the misconceptions that apparently are held even by some in the senate. about what the bill is and what the bill is not. we will continue to hope that they can make progress. whether or not it happens, i do not know. >> he seems to be doing rope a dope wit
ABC
Aug 15, 2009 7:00am EDT
a big pitch out west to boost support for health care reform. rachel martin is in big sky montana this morning. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: -- about 5 miles away from bozeman where the president held his health care town hall meeting yesterday and while there was some tension, the event started out with hugs, handshakes, even some humor. >> here in montana you've got bears and moose and elk and in washington you just haveostly bull. >> reporter: words that moments later were thrown right back at the president as he tried to set the record straight on his plans for health care reform. >> we keep getting the bull is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> you are absolutely right that i can't cover enough 46 million people for free. >> reporter: obama has been ramping up his fight for reform as oosition is mounting on both sides of the debate. the plan to provide end of life counseling is being dropped from a senate version of the bill after conservatives like sarah palin said it would create so-called death panels. the topic came up between senators arle
CSPAN
Aug 15, 2009 2:00am EDT
to what people say in montana. he does. there's been single payors in his state. and this republican force is going to die. when grassley said the other day he pretty much admitted this was a farce, chairman baucus knows he has to get a bill out of this committee and if he only has democrats to work with, guess what the majority democrats on his committee favor a political option. if he's going to get a bill out of this committee with zero republican boats it's going to have to have a public option in the senate finance bill; otherwise, there isn't going to be a bill, right? and he knows there has to be a bill. so it matters what you say. it's one of the reasons i've been very careful not to criticize individual senators. i don't mind talking about their views because at the end, i think we're going to get almost every democratic senator. almost every one because there's not going to be any republicans. they're not going to be interested in forming the bill and, therefore, the democratic caucus is going to have a huge influence in this and the majority of the people in the democratic caucu
FOX News
Aug 15, 2009 12:00pm EDT
with the benefits or large out of pocket fees. now, mr. obama is on a four-day western trip. first up, in montana where yesterday he focused on patients who get dropped by their insurance companies in today's web address. the president says he realizes there's skepticism about his proposal. especially at a time of economic upheaval, but he asked for a discussion where we lower our voices. his town halls lacked the raucous crowds that some congressional democrats have faced, but he did take a couple of tough questions yesterday. >> and that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. you're saving here, you're saving over there, you're going to take a little money here, a little money there, but you have no money. >> you're absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. you're right. >> even some republicans are facing confrontation al crowds in their towns. senator chuck grassley is coming to the table with democrats. a larger theme in many of these forums is mistrust of big government solutions and republicans are hammering that message. >>
HLN
Aug 12, 2009 12:00pm EDT
. the president plans to hold more in montana and new hampshire. the white house has a website to counter critics. >>> during the town hall, president obama says we have the aarp on board. the aarp which has 45 million members over 50 says not so fast here. the ceo says they have not endorsed any of the health care reform bill. aarp is launching a multi-million dollar advertising and organizing this to debunk myths pushed by health care reform critics. >>> fbi investigating this graffiti outside dave scott. the democratic lawmaker found a swastika spray painted on a sign outside his office yesterday. the congressman was recently involved in a heated debate over health care. he believes the two are connected here. the congressman says he's received hate mail, death threats and offensive faxes since the debate on health care began. >> there is bubbling up under this debate, unfortunately the overtones this presents of hate, racism, all these things, but we must have the resolve, hate, racism, this swastika cannot be the arbiter of this debate. >>> congressman scott is hosting a town hall meeting sa
FOX News
Aug 15, 2009 7:00pm EDT
plucky governor easing up on a hellish sports rivalry just two stops as we go across america. >> montana: up in smoke. and implosion of three smokestacks changing the skyline of helena montana for ever. the tallest one formerly sovereign 425 feet and the oldest of the trio standing for nearly 100 years. thousands of people were on hand to watch the demolition. the plant operating the stacks closer so. >> iowa: honoring some ordinary people are extraordinary bravery you may remember this genetic rescue back in june. construction workers serving a woman who spoke overturned in a nearby river. the results of their heroism some doubt by the state's governor to mack on to take these brave individuals who have earned this award. their quick actions saved precious lives. >> julie: the construction crew among 23 citizens receiving the 2009 governor's life-saving cord at the iowa state fair. >> louisiana: cheering a bet made good. governor bobby jindal getting a tasty treat from the lone star state. texas governor, rick perry, we did a bbq feast at the texas longhorns would beat the lsu tigers in
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 5:00pm EDT
. >> president obama holds yet another town hall tomorrow, so we'll be in montana. it was a state that obama almost was able to win last year. not normally grown as a battleground state but one where he did better than previous democratic presidential contenders. >>> also, protesters and supporters are already heading to montana setting the stage for what could be another rowdy show, particularly outside the town hall venue. >>> and then finally tomorrow is the second day for that net roots nation blogosphere con fab that's going on in pittsburgh. tomorrow's main event is howard dean, who is going to be speaking on, you guessed it, health care. >> and, mark, as you noted, the president out west. how might that factor into the conversation? we know so much is transitioning the way we think. what used to be the midwest, but now people say the west as a barometer of so much. >> tamron, you raise a really interesting thing because obama and democrats have done very, very well out in the western part of the country in 2006, 2008 election cycles, and they're very libertarian, independent streak. i
PBS
Aug 14, 2009 6:00pm EDT
companies before a large crowd in belgrade montana. mr. obama was introduced by katie gib son, a cancer survivor who health insurance was canceled after she was told she had less than less than a year to live. >> today we're talking about folks like katie who have had their insurance policies suddenly revoked even though they were paying premiums because of a medical condition. we're no different than katie and other ordinary americans, no different than anybody else. we are held hostage at any given moment by health insurance companies that deny coverage or drop coverage or charge feas that people can't afford, at a time when they desperately need care. it's wrong. it's bankrupting families. it's bankrupting business. and we are going to fix it when we pass health insurance reform this year. ( applause ) >> reporter: the president repeatedly tried to debunk of the myths that have been spread about health care reform, citing a fay aimed at a government-run insurance plan. >> everybody here who currently has private insurance, you would more than likely still be on your private insurance
CSPAN
Aug 14, 2009 7:00am EDT
. same thing with health care. if you are in nebraska, montana , where mount -- where max baucus is from, iowa where chuck grassley is from. you are going to see these ads playing out much more. that is why the coverage on c- span is so great on this issue, including the videos that you have been getting from town halls. >host: let me ask you about senator baucus. he will be in attendance, although he will not be speaking at the town hall meeting in montana, and there's also a piece this morning in "the washinton post," how the deficit is playing in all this. senator baucus's role in the health-care debate, and also the deficit impact on the debate. guest: senator baucus is one of the keys to having any sort of a deal that will have republicans on board. if he can work with top republicans, senator grassley has said, as viewers know, the he will not make it one man deal. he agrees to a deal, it will be one that republicans can agree to. that is why republicans are watching so closely what will come out of german baucus' -- of chairman baucus' committee. it might be a little rowdier, a li
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 6:00pm EDT
dissenting voices at these town hall meetings? when he goats to montana or colorado, or are they going to be orchestrated? we haven't seen anybody get up and challenge the president. >> it's interesting they haven't. i think probably what that shows you is that most people want to engage in a polite, civil discussion. the president got some challenging question when is he was in new hampshire. he asked for people who were skeptics, the public can buy tickets or get -- not buy, but can have access to the tickets to these events, but they're absolutely open to the public. he expects that and wants to answer those questions. so that he could ants the questions himself. >> i thought he did a heck of -- linda douglass thank you for joining us tonight. thank you. >> thanks, ed. >>> coming up on "the ed show," dr. doom and elected official believes the president wants to use a pandemic disease or natural disease as an excuse to declare martial law? stay with us. imodium multi-symptom relief combines two powerful medicines for fast relief of your diarrhea symptoms, so you can get back out ther
NBC
Aug 12, 2009 6:30pm EDT
this week, one in colorado one in montana. >>> a lot of the emotion we are seeing at the townhalls concerns what the administration has been calling the public option. opponents like to call it a government takeover of health care. the basic question remains -- what does the obama administration really mean by this term "public option." tonight we launch an effort aimed at making sense of it all. our report from nbc's kelly o'donnell. >> this is not health reform -- >> reporter: in the health care debate, two words evoke a strong reaction. public option. heard again today at a townhall meeting in maryland. >> i would like you to address how the public option -- decreases or increases our choices in health care. >> reporter: it is important to know nothing has been decided yet. democrats want the federal government to create a new public health insurance program to compete with private companies. >> private insurance could be here today and gone tomorrow. a public insurance option is a guaranteed program you know is always there. >> reporter: as seniors rely on medicare the new program would
CSPAN
Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
goes back on the road tomorrow to talk about health care. he will be in belgrade, montana, to talk about his plan to overhaul the nation's health- care system. on saturday, the first family plans to spend part of the day in yellowstone. afterward, president obama has to another forum in grand junction, colorado. white house officials have said that the trip is partly aimed at encouraging people to visit national parks, as well as to get out the message on health care. this morning, "washington journal" asked to be worse if the message is indeed getting out. we will show you as much as we can -- a view is if the message is indeed getting out. we will show you as much as we can. have the health care protests changed your mind? beginning with a call from sun city, fla. on the independent line. what is your thinking as an independent? caller: thanks for taking my call. it has changed my mind a bit. i think the american people would benefit by being a self- insured group, and i think it is nice that obama it is given a choice. what i would like to impress everyone with and this is very
CNN
Aug 19, 2009 1:00pm EDT
conversations with members of the finance committee friday in montana and others. our preference is to work through this process and hopefully come out with a bill that has agreement among both parties on that. >> are you expecting any republican votes for this bill in the senate or the next? >> i think there are many that would like to see some health care reform. i trust that the three republicans that are working in the senate finance committee are doing so in good faith. i have no reason to believe they are not. >> the question is, how is it that you think you can achieve a bipartisan bill when it seems you are having trouble achieving a partisan bill? the divisions between the democratic party right now, between the blue dogs and the progressives in the house? >> i think that sort of -- there are blue dogs on the energy and commerce committee that voted out a bill on the house side before we left for recess. i think this notion that there -- it's impossible even to get agreement on our side on what a health care plan looks like belies the notion that this is a piece of legislation that
FOX News
Aug 14, 2009 11:00am EDT
are looking at pictures of the first family as they board air force one enroute to montana today, where the president will be holding a town hall meeting on health care in bozeman, one of two in the next couple of days. there are expectations that he will get protests and tough questions. off they go, boarding. it is set to begin at 2:15 eastern time. gregg: the philadelphia eagles holding a news conference momentarily to announce what we already know officially, that michael vick will return to the game after an 18-month prison sentence of four charges relating to dogfighting. the gory details include electrocuting and drowning unwanted animals. a spokesperson for people for the ethical treatment of animals issued a statement a saying, "what sort of message does this send to fans who care about animals and do not want to see them harmed? since vick has not given a public acknowledgment that he is remorseful, time will tell." vick could receive nearly $7 million. when he first joined in 2002, he was drafted to the falcons for $62 million. since then, he has found himself not just behind
CSPAN
Aug 20, 2009 11:00pm EDT
-- >> sitting in an air hangar in montana. look, we remember -- >> i'm wondering how you get the bureaucracy of health care whether it is private property or government barack receipts. >> we don't want the government make health care decisions for doctors and individuals, and the president doesn't believe health insurance companies should make those determinations either. when they decide that you are too sick or when they decide -- i'm sure you could go on the air right now and get 100 viewers to call in that have dealt with their insurance company and found that it had to go through extra paperwork because our original the treatment was denied, or some extra hurdle was put in place that they had to jump over in order to receive the treatment they deserved. that shouldn't happen -- what in the world is that? [laughter] life like i am, like, never mind. i'm not going to go -- [laughter] those decisions should be made role that the private insurance company currently has on health care, that seems to suggest those bureaucrats would still be there. >> well, i don't know who administers box's
FOX News
Aug 19, 2009 6:00pm EDT
will believe that unless and until we're told that is not the case. >> montana democrat max baucus is leading the senate finance committee negotiations which will continue tomorrow, but if those talks bake down, senate democratic leader say they will go it alone and thwart any g.o.p. mill buster with a maneuver that would allow them to vote with a 51% majority. a quinnipiack poll taken before the intense national town hall debates over healthcare underscored the risks of bipartisanship and 59% said they disagreed with a democratic-only healthcare solution, including 53% of democrats an 63% of independents. fox caught up in eye with with charles grassley. >> i wish the white house would take a deep breath and pause. we're talking about healthcare. that's life or death, affecting every american. we're talking about 1/6 of the economy. it ought to be broad based. it shouldn't be partisan. >> another g.o.p. negotiator, mike enzy of wyoming, lasted the so-called public option for healthcare reform, one that the g.o.p. embraces an liberals covet. monopolies never improve efficiency, and a governmen
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
returns to the town hall stage tomorrow in montana. now, ali velshi has been on the road all week long holding his own version of the town hall meeting listening to what people are saying about health care reform and he's not running for office. not trying to keep his seat. he's just in search of real people with real concerns. ali's found his way to sedalia, missouri, not too far from kansas city. ali, from your perspective in talking to folks on the road trip, how effective are these town halls? what do you think? >> reporter: well, everybody's heard of them or seen them. it has been the talk of the week. in fact, we've been talking to people about the economy all week generally, but somehow every conversation makes its way back to health care. and i think people have been influenced by them in some fashion because they've heard things being said. they've heard people talking about the government lying or the fact that it will be government control or they won't have choices about their doctors. or their health care. there's definitely been -- there have been things that have been pi
CNN
Aug 12, 2009 7:00pm EDT
, montana, and grand junction, colorado. dan lothian, cnn, the white house. >>> white house press secretary robert gibbs was on the defensive as i said on the issue of whether the president misrepresented the aarp's position on health care. we're going to play for you the entirety of that section of the press briefing from the question onward. let's listen. >> yesterday the president said aarp endorsed the plan. as you're aware, aarp said yesterday it hasn't endorsed the plan. where on the information or disinformation scale would the president's remark fall? >> well, the president said -- aarp said they are certainly supportive and have been for years on comprehensive health reform. i don't think the president meant to imply anything untoward. i think he discussed the notion that aarp is supportive of -- an agreement that would fund filling the doughnut hole for seniors as part of medicare part d as well as additional savings vings for comprehensive health care. >> [ inaudible ] aarp hasn't endorsed the house pending slax. >> which is what i've just said. >> he's aware of that. he wasn't t
CNN
Aug 12, 2009 8:00pm EDT
. >> the president is going to hold another town hall in montana on friday. >>> in nigeria, secretary of state hillary clinton making some news by comparing elections there to elections here. this involves the discussion of nigeria's problems with widespread voter fraud. >> another off-the-cuff comment about elections, this time, about nigeria, she brought up an election in the u.s., in 2000 she said -- >> in 2000 our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state. so, we have our problems, too. >> aides said she was not being editorial, she simply was making the point of how candidates would accept election results even if it might be flawed. >> this is going to raise eyebrows. >> right. i think one of the questions when she was running, will the real hillary clinton stand up. looks like she's doing pap. >> there is a presidential election in afghanistan next week. hundreds of marines and afghan troops launched a new push to take some controls on the taliban. >> action here from the front lines of the war in afghan
CNN
Aug 16, 2009 11:00am EDT
the government option and the government spending. then out to montana, john mccain carried this state. the president more casual out west. out here, john mccain won, but just narrowly. getting further west, as you always know, there's more skepticism about the role of government and government spending. lastly the president before taking a break, was down in colorado for a town hall. he carried this state, but his message was delivered out in the grand junction area which is conservative country out here. 17% of the residents of colorado are uninsured. as we watch the president make his case, one thing he said in colorado was don't get so f fixated on this so-called public option. i would like one in there, but people are getting hung up on that, and there are other thicks to talk about. we could say we hold these truths to be self-evident. it's clear he doesn't have the votes in the senate. is he sending a message? >> it does sound that way. the president has held pretty fast to the notion of a public option. time and time again, when you press the white house as to whether or not th
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2009 4:00pm EDT
to montana on friday to hold another town hall. the president will be greeted by protestors, perhaps as many as 500 people are expected at a rally outside of the airport where the president will be holding his town hall. chuck todd is chief white house correspondent on top of the white house strategy and all this. what is the view of the white house? do they feel like they're somehow being able to get their message out or fear they're being drowned out by all the chaos? >> the answer to both questions is yes. that is why you saw the president yesterday at this town hall spend as much time saying what the plan wasn't going to do and what was not in the plan as he did pushing the plan. so, i think they realized they're on two tracks. the actual debate about health care policy is not taking place at town halls. this debate is taking place still in the gang of six with max baucus, bradley, those guys in the senate with congressional democratic leaders. but that isn't what the public is see. now there's a public debate which has morphed into a part of a cult, a red versus blue culture wars. i fee
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
to some agreement. >> besides the town hall, tomorrow, what else is he doing in montana? recreationally that you can --? >> i hope we'll be enjoying big sky country, but i don't have anything to announce. >> doing what? hiking? fishing? >> i don't have any announcement on that today. >> any coverage? >> probably not. >> whatever it is -- >> at least i can lead on that side of it. >> whatever it is, we will see it, is that what you are saying? >> robert, i want to follow up on what chuck was asking about senator grassley. so he's the top senator on the senate finance committee. the president has talked to him, the president wants a bipartisan bill, and yet senator grassley came out and said, no public plan option, no way, no how, he won't vote for a bill on it. and yesterday in a chance to clarify this death penalty thing, instead he jumped on it and people -- death panel, sorry. he said people have a right to be afraid of it. so can you still count, seriously, chuck grassley as an ally in getting your health care bill passed? >> i still think there is the possibility of getting bipartis
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 4:00pm EDT
obama will be holding two town halls this weekend, one tomorrow in montana and another in colorado saturday. but there's still a few more weeks until congress is back from recess, and there's a lot more time to debate and a lot more opportunities for people to be misinformed. joan walsh is the editor in chief for salon.com. i want to start with senator grassley. he's come out in regards to the comments he made the bipartisan group drop the end of life provision from the proposal even though he brought it up yesterday, he said that people have every right to fear. when you hear signs like david just mentioned, isn't it a great responsibility to make sure you are always stating the facts, especially when you're an elected official? >> yeah, i would agree with you, tamron. and i know grassley is a conservative, but i don't really consider him part of the bomb-throwing fringe, like sarah palin. >> which is part of the shocking nature of this angle of the story. >> right. he knows better. he knows what's in every bill, and he know that is end of life counseling provision does not have a
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2009 1:00pm EDT
parties. the president again met with senator baucus on friday in montana. they discussed the progress being made between democrats and republicans on the finance committee. that's our focus. >> senator grassley this morning talking about broad-based support for health care legislation that so far, no one has developed that kind of support. neither in congress nor at the white house. that doesn't mean we should quit. it means we should keep working and put things together to get widespread support. >> the white house completely agrees with what senator grassley says there. that's why i said this morning that our preferred option is to go the route of getting all those involved that are at the table to agree to something that can be supported by both parties. i can't speak to what republicans will ultimately end up doing. the president doesn't have control over every person's vote on this. he can and will continue to work to try to get agreement on both sides of the aisle on this. the president believes this issue is far too important to not try. to walk away from a perfect opportunity
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2009 8:00pm EDT
, not democratic senator max baucus of montana. oh, and congressman bachus later admitted he made a mistake and meant to say deficit. social security could face a deficit within two years. first chance at default would be 2037 so fox got the name wrong and branch of government wrong and political party wrong and the quote and fact wrong. there's been no correction. >>> dateline washington, number two best ex-politician oopsie. tom delay now affiliated with "dancing with the stars" on with chris, never mind for a moment he turned into one of those invasion of the body snatchers, conspiracy theory birther things listen for the blooper. >> will you do me a favor. ask him to show me his gift certificate -- i mean his gift certificate? his birth certificate. >> that's how obama can reform health care. send everybody a gift certificate. genius. genius, i tell you. and dateline la marque, texas, number one best politician oopsie. senator kay bailey hutchison vowing to make education a cornerstone of her candidacy for governor which she announced at la marque high where she was carnation queen in 1
CNN
Aug 12, 2009 11:00am EDT
against critics of health care reform. he heads west this week for more meetings in colorado and montana. the white house has created a website to counter critics. >>> at the forum hosted by pennsylvania arlen specter was raucous. details from national political correspondent, jessica yellin. >> reporter: anxiety, fear, confusion. add summer heat and you've got a potent combination for a health care town hall. frustration on the sidewalk out front. >> why don't they take the health care being forced down our throat? yeah, why don't you go home! why don't i have freedom? because we elected somebody that wants to take our freedom. where does my opinion count at? >> we're entitled to be here just like you! just like you! >> reporter: and inside the auditorium. >> wait a minute! wait a minute. you want to leave? leave. >> i am going to speak my mind before i leave, because your people told me i could. >> i'm angry. i'm an american citizen. i'm a voter. i'm a taxpayer. i'm sick of the lies. >> reporter: the man at the center of it all? senator arlen specter worked to displmyths about health c
CNN
Aug 12, 2009 4:00pm EDT
again for this weekend for two town hall meetings, first on friday in bolton, montana, then saturday in grand junction, colorado. wolf? >> he's going to be busy at both those meetings and other stops, as well. thanks very much, dan lothian. jack cafferty has "the cafferty file." jack? >>> there is another view of this, of course. when it comes to town hall meetings, the democrats might want to rethink their strategy. arlen specter and claire mccaskill are the latest to be drowned out by protesters. one woman in missouri told mccaskill, quote, if they don't let us vent our frustrations out, they will have a revolution, unquote. protesters at arlen specter's meeting said they think the obama administration is going too far with health care reform. one woman shouted out, quote, this is about dismantling this country. specter said he thinks the people proetsdsing are, quote, not necessarily representative of america, but he thinks they should be heard. president obama and the democrats seem to face an increasingly uphill battle with selling health care reform to a skeptical public. peopl
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 6:00am EDT
you. >>> president obama getting ready for round two of the road show in colorado and montana. the debate is growing more passionate. arlen specter facing tough questions in a town hall meeting yesterday. hundreds of people in hagerstown, maryland booed and said just say no. charles grassley got an earful too in iowa. >> the power of life -- >> not going to do anything that's going to nationalize health insurance -- or nationalize health care in america. i don't intend to do anything to allow government bureaucrats to get between you and your doctor. >> senator, please forgive my teleprompter here. i've heard your recent rhetoric about how we want the same thing as obama and health care reform. i disagree on every level. there is nothing in that bill that i would agree to and we have to stop giving ground. >> government isn't the answer, it's a cancer. >> right now, as dan lothian reports, the white house is working hard to stay on message. >> you don't know. you don't know. >> 74 going to be written off because they have cancer. >> why don't they take the health care being fo
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